Gas Safety – information for homeowners within the JMB area
Keeping you and your family safe
Every year about 14 people die in this country from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by gas appliances and flues which have not been properly installed or maintained. Many others also suffer ill health. When gas does not burn properly, excess carbon monoxide is produced, which is poisonous.
You can’t see it. You can’t taste it. You can’t even smell it. But carbon monoxide can kill without warning in just a matter of hours.
Home owners’ responsibility
Home owners should organise a gas safety check every year, by someone with gas safe accreditation.
Gas safety check
The JMB’s heating contractor T. Brown Group will do gas safety checks. The cost for a heating system is £75 plus vat and a further £45 for other gas appliances. The people to contact are Michela on 020-8299 8932 or Sharon on 020-8299 8924.
You could be entitled to a free safety check
Leaseholders or freeholders who are over 60, chronically sick, disabled, deaf or hearing-impaired, blind or visually impaired, are entitled to join your gas supplier’s Priority Service Register. It is free to join and once a member you are entitled, among other things, to a free annual gas safety check. For more information look at the back of your gas bill.
Leaseholders or freeholders who are sub-letting
As you will be aware, as a landlord, you are required by the gas safety regulations to have an annual gas safety check carried out and to give a copy of the Landlord’s Gas Safety Certificate to your tenant.
Call the National Gas Emergency Number 0800 111 99
If you think there is a gas leak in your home call the national gas emergency number immediately. In addition:
- don’t smoke or strike matches
- don’t turn electrical switches on or off
- do put out naked flames
- do open doors and windows
- do keep people away from the affected area
- do turn off the meter at the control valve
For further information about gas safety visit the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website at www.hse.gov.uk/gas or ring the HSE Gas Safety Advice Line 0800 300 363.